HotCold Take: Most Climate “Deniers” Are Misogynists

The Cult of Climastrology has been mostly low key regarding Hurricane Dorian and ‘climate change.’ Not now, though. All the nuts are out in force with their usual talking points of Other People’s carbon footprints causing hurricanes to be stronger, bigger, more rain, etc. No point highlighting the nutters (well, maybe tomorrow or Sunday as it gets closer), but, here’s a good one that came up

Here we go

Climate skeptic Bjørn Lomborg has built his global brand on keeping his cool. “Cool it,” his best-selling book told those worried about the warming planet. For some reason, however, he seems to have difficulty sticking to the blasé tone when it comes to a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden.

Lomborg has repeatedly mocked and criticized Greta Thunberg, the prominent young activist who has been sailing across the Atlantic to attend the UN’s Youth Climate Summit and other meetings in the U.S. In June, he tweeted out a cartoon that implied Greta was only useful to climate activists because being young made her unassailable—in four years, it joked, she’d be replaced with someone younger still. Earlier in the year, he’d asked why the World Economic Forum was listening to her at all, and approvingly shared a Quillette article which called Thunberg a fanatic and “absolutist” and which argued adults had a duty to correct her childlike naiveté.

And Lomborg’s on the more civil end of Thunberg’s critics. In April, while tweeting that her policies were “unrealistic” and “costly,” he added that, “of course, she should be treated respectfully, just like all participants in the climate debate.” Several of his followers didn’t seem to care for the caveat, attacking Thunberg with comments about her age and mental health in replies.

As Thunberg approached America, she was followed by a tsunami of male rage. On her first day of sailing, a multi-millionaire Brexit activist tweeted that he wished a freak accident would destroy her boat. A conservative Australian columnist called her a “deeply disturbed messiah of the global warming movement,” while the British far-right activist David Vance attacked the “sheer petulance of this arrogant child.”

Funny, because I’ve seen many female Skeptics take Greta to task. But, you know, Narrative!

While these examples might feel like mere coincidence to some, the idea that white men would lead the attacks on Greta Thunberg is consistent with a growing body of research linking gender reactionaries to climate-denialism—some of the research coming from Thunberg’s own country. Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology, which recently launched the world’s first academic research center to study climate denialism, have for years been examining a link between climate deniers and the anti-feminist far-right.

In 2014, Jonas Anshelm and Martin Hultman of Chalmers published a paper analyzing the language of a focus group of climate skeptics. The common themes in the group, they said, were striking: “for climate skeptics … it was not the environment that was threatened, it was a certain kind of modern industrial society built and dominated by their form of masculinity.”

Or, it could be that we see that this is all a scam. In regards to Greta, this was someone responding to Tom Nelson

The New Republic screed by Martin Gelin also attempts to White Knight for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, because, obviously, AOC is a woman and needs to be protected by Liberal Men (though, honestly, I bet AOC doesn’t feel that way). If you enter that political arena, being a woman or child or certain race or etc doesn’t protect you from criticism. Further, when you are denigrating people, as AOC and Greta constantly do, expect that criticism to be harsher.

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3 Responses to “HotCold Take: Most Climate “Deniers” Are Misogynists”

  1. John says:

    Teach
    Why not tell us all about how you relate to the opposite gender
    Can’t recall you ever mentioned sending any quality time With them
    At least not since you owned a car you thought made yo cool

  2. Doom and Gloom says:

    How much quality time have you spent their John. word has it you beat your wife. Is that true? I think it is. I have an unnamed source that tells me its true. I’ll report more on that later.

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